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DFS/license logging: AD issues?

By shooten2 ·
I recently took over as network admin for a local office (2 servers running W2K3, 1 W2K server, 75 or so workstations running mostly XP pro, and a few W2K machines and a couple of old Win98 machines. In the event viewer logs of the W2K server, I've noticed error messages stating that "replication of license information failed because the license logging service on server \\servername could not be contacted." I've verified that the service is running on both of the W2K3 servers. Also, the previous admin tried to set up DFS, but it never has worked correctly - will not replicate from one server to the other. I'm guessing that these problems are both related to some problem with Active Directory, but I've not been able to track anything down. Anybody have any suggestions/tips/ideas? Thanks,
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by CG IT In reply to DFS/license logging: AD ...

humm here's a KB on the LLS for RPC to the master license server. basically what this KB says is the problem is connectivity based.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/198132/

as far as the Distributed File Service again errors in replication between servers , first course of troubleshooting is making sure there's connectivity. now if your errors are file replication service FRS not DFS, here's a KB on basic FRS functionality in W2003 and W2K.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/840675/en-us

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again FRS errors on the W2K server trying to contact a W2003 Server connectivity needs to be established before thinkings the problem is something more complicated.

is this a W2K based AD environment with W2003 member servers [not DCs] or is this a W2003 AD environment with W2K member servers [not DCs] or is this a mixed environment with W2003 DCs and W2K DCs?

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by shooten2 In reply to DFS/license logging: AD ...

I checked connectivity first thing - no problems there. And, it is a W2K3 AD environment with 1 W2K member server.

Thanks for the prompt responses...

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by CG IT In reply to DFS/license logging: AD ...

well, for the License Logging Service problem, the next question I would ask myself when presented with this problem is: do I really need this tool to manage the licenses on the network? Is not using the LLS for managing the licenses for 78 odd machines more of a burden and time hog than trying to figure out why the tool doesn't work.

LLS can be disabled. Here's a overview of LLS on W2003 servers. Pay particular attention to the Summary of LLS and how it may not provide an accurate base for licensing in per seat or per server mode.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824196/

As for DFS, you mention it's never worked. Are there a lot of shares in DFS? DFS is nothing more than a central location of all shares available on the network presented in a hiearchy. IF users don't use DFS at all, then I would start from scratch instead of spending time trying to figure out why what someone else did doesn't work.

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by CG IT In reply to DFS/license logging: AD ...

well, for the License Logging Service problem, the next question I would ask myself when presented with this problem is: do I really need this tool to manage the licenses on the network? Is not using the LLS for managing the licenses for 78 odd machines more of a burden and time hog than trying to figure out why the tool doesn't work.

LLS can be disabled. Here's a overview of LLS on W2003 servers. Pay particular attention to the Summary of LLS and how it may not provide an accurate base for licensing in per seat or per server mode.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824196/

As for DFS, you mention it's never worked. Are there a lot of shares in DFS? DFS is nothing more than a central location of all shares available on the network presented in a hiearchy. IF users don't use DFS at all, then I would start from scratch instead of spending time trying to figure out why what someone else did doesn't work.

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by shooten2 In reply to DFS/license logging: AD ...

I realize that with the size of my network, I don't really need the License Logging or the DFS. I know the simplest solution would be just not to use either one of them. Still, I was hoping to gain the knowledge/experience of actually fixing the problem instead of just avoiding it. Like you say, though, the benefits may not outweigh the time and effort involved.

Again, thanks for your help...

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